Penrose Point State Park RV & Campground Guide

Washington

Penrose Point State Park

lies near the southern end of Puget Sound in Washington. The park includes 237 acres of area that include a picnic area, camping sites, and a marine area. Penrose Point juts into Puget Sound with shores that extend along both Mayo Cove and Carl Inlet. Camping spots are designated for tent campers, RV campers, trailers, and group camping. On a clear day, the park features an incredible view of Mount Rainier across the Puget Sound. The small community of Lakebay, WA, is close by while the large city of Tacoma is only 29 miles away.

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Weather
Spring 40-65 F
Summer 53-78 F
Fall 45-71 F
Winter 38-52 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Penrose Point State Park

Penrose Point State Park is open for campers year-round. Most campers at Penrose Point State Park prefer to use an RV since it's the most convenient and comfortable way to travel. For visitors planning on camping at Penrose Park and who do not own a motorhome or trailer, RVshare has some great rental options.

Penrose Point State Park Campground

The Penrose Point State Park Campground offers 82 RV campsites for tents, trailers, and RVs. The RV and trailer sites are limited to rigs of 35 feet or less. Every campsite is under the trees, protecting you from the summer sun and the elements during the rainy seasons. The campground is inside the park and offers flush toilets and showers. The park also operates as a marine campsite where boaters can tie to the 156-foot pier and sleep overnight. Dumpsites are offered for both RVs and boats at Penrose Point State Park.

  • Water Hookup: No
  • Electric Hookup: No
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $20-$37 per night
  • Office hours: There is no office, but the site is visited and maintained daily by park employees. Check-in time is 2:30 p.m. Check out time is 1:00 p.m.

Joemma Beach State Park

Joemma Beach State Park is a 182-acre camping and water recreation site just four miles from Penrose Point. Located on the western side of the Key Peninsula, the park offers fishing, boating, and crabbing. The park features a dump station for RVs as well as boats. The campground features 19 camping spaces for tents or RVs. The maximum size RV allowed is 40 feet.

  • Water Hookup: No
  • Electric Hookup: No
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $20 - $37 per night
  • Office hours: There is no office, but the site is visited and maintained daily by the U.S. Forest Service. Check-in time is 2:30 p.m. Check out time is 1:00 p.m.

Gig Harbor RV Resort

The closest full-hookup facility to Penrose Point State Park is Gig Harbor RV Resort. If you prefer the luxury offered by RV resorts, then this is the location for you. Along with the advantages that a full hookup offers, Gig Harbor RV Resort provides a clubhouse, laundry facility, kids playground, vending machines, cable TV, and continuously recording security cameras for your safety.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 15/20/50 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $49 - $58 per night
  • Office hours: Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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What to Do at
Penrose Point State Park

Inside Penrose Point State Park

Penrose Point State Park is a camping and marine park. If you enjoy hiking, be sure to explore the 2.5 miles of trails through the forested surroundings. The park provides plenty of beach area broken only by a 156-foot boat ramp. Penrose Point is a favorite location for locals fishing for crab or saltwater fish. The state park system provides dump stations for both RVs and boats at a low price. 

Outside Penrose Point State Park

Though Penrose Point State Park lies in a rural section of Puget Sound, it is not as isolated as it appears. Several towns and cities lie within easy reach of the park. Some of the towns are small, but their offerings to campers are impressive. 

Restaurants

The Snack Shack

Many campers want to explore the area. For them, a short visit to the Snack Shack may be the answer to the start of a busy day. The restaurant specializes in hamburgers, hot dogs, and fries. For a delightful meal, try the tasty cheddar bacon BBQ grilled onion burger.

Type: American, Fast Food

Location: 5514 Peninsula Highway N, Lakebay, WA 98349

El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant

To address that craving for Mexican cuisine in the Lakebay, WA, area, take a drive to El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant located at the northern end of Lakebay. Try the Sombrero Burrito at any time of the day for a tasty treat that meets any hunger level.

Type: Mexican

Location: 15611 Olson Drive NW, Lakebay, WA 98349

Il Lucano Ristorante Italiano

When you want an exotic bit of Italian cuisine, visit the Il Lucano Ristorante Italiano in Gig Harbor. The meals at this restaurant are well worth the 10-mile drive. Try either their lasagna or ravioli dello chef for an authentic Italian taste.

Type: Italian

Location: 3119 Judson St, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Shopping

Food Market at Key Center

During every camping trip, there are food emergencies. When camping at Penrose Point State Park, you are a short drive from the Food Market at Key Center. The store provides the freshest produce available in the area. Their departments include produce, floral, meat, wine and beer, liquor, a bakery, and a deli.

Location: 9021 Key Peninsula Highway N, Lakebay, WA 98349

PW Green Antiques and Estate Store

Sometimes, you have so much fun that you must have a souvenir. For times like those, stop at the PW Green Antiques and Estate Store in Gig Harbor. The store is full of affordable antiques and paintings that will continue to remind you of your Washington camping trip even after you've returned home.

Location: 5775 Soundview Dr, Ste 201C, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Fox Island Trading Company

For those campers who want to take something home that smells good, visit Fox Island Trading Company. The business concentrates on the production of aromatics constructed from organic materials. Ask about products such as bath bombs, shower mists, hand sanitizers, and vapor rubs.

Location: 3226 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Sightseeing

Gig Harbor Gondola

There is nothing in the Pacific Northwest like Gig Harbor Gondola. You do not need to visit Venice, Italy, to get an authentic gondola ride. The boats at Gig Harbor Gondola are used and renovated gondolas from Venice. You can take a tour of the bay at Gig Harbor in one of these boats with an authentic singer to add to the memorable moment.

Location: 3117 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Herron Island

Just off Key Peninsula sits Herron Island. On this island, you and your family can observe tame wildlife, seek out and feed deer, and rent kayaks or boats to breach the saltwater of Puget Sound. The island is only reachable by ferry, and a preordered permit is required to board.

Location: Lakebay, WA 98349

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How to Get to
Penrose Point State Park

Penrose Point State Park is easy to find when traveling from Tacoma. In Tacoma, find Washington Highway 16 West (WA-16 W) and take it over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Find Exit 302 West that takes you towards Purdy Key Center. Take Purdy Drive NW for about one mile; then, take a left onto Washington Highway 302 West (WA-302 W) to cross the Henderson Bay Bridge. After approximately five miles, turn left on Cornwall Rd SW. In 0.5 mile, turn right onto Delano Road SW. After driving this road for one mile, turn left onto 158th Ave SW. The entrance for Penrose State Park is on the left.

Entering Penrose Point State Park

For campers, there is a check out time of 1:00 p.m. and a check-in time of 2:30 p.m.

Discovery Pass (One-Day) : $10

Discovery Pass (Annual) : $30

For the best camping experience at Penrose Point State Park, use an RV. If you don't own one, check out RVshare to discover the ins and outs of renting an RV. After you visit the park, let us know your thoughts by sending an email with photos to [email protected], or tag us on your social media. You can help us to pass on your experience to others.